The Best Alfresco Dining in Edinburgh

alfresco dining in edinburgh


s the weather grows warmer, there’s nothing better than Alfresco dining at one of Edinburgh’s many restaurants. Whether you’re looking for a stunning panorama of the city or a good location for people watching, there’s an outdoor eating area in Edinburgh to suit every taste.

The Tower Restaurant

National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, EH1 1JG  |  0131 225 3003  |

tower_gallery1Perched in the imposing sandstone tower that rises above the National Museum of Scotland, The Tower is renowned for its spectacular views out over the Edinburgh skyline – offering fine food and views.

The restaurant is a prime destination for fine dining in the city, with a carefully-chosen menu of unfussy, well-executed dishes prepared from fresh, Scottish produce. In nice weather, the spacious rooftop terrace offers an impressive vista to savour alongside your meal.

Special Offer: Spring 3 Course Menu for £33

Forth Floor Restaurant – Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols, 30-34 St Andrew Square, EH2 2AD  |  0131 524 8350  |

Forth Floor Alfresco

This bright, airy restaurant makes the most of its central location with vast glass windows that show off its panoramic views over Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth.

The terrace shares the same breathtaking vista, and is a wonderful perch from which to contemplate the city after a bout of shopping – especially when sampling the restaurant’s selection of original takes on Scottish cuisine.




The Garden Café at The Dome

Alfresco Dining in EdinburghTucked away between George and Rose Street, this enclosed flagstone terrace is a little haven of relaxation and colour in the heart of Edinburgh’s busy shopping district.

Drop by for coffee or enjoy a tasty lunch amongst the flowers – food is served from noon onward.



Maxie’s Wine Bar & Bistro

Alfresco Dining in Edinburgh

Maxie’s sunny terrace overlooks Victoria Street and the Grassmarket, making this popular bistro a prime viewing spot for the Old Town and passing tourist traffic. Its proximity to the Castle and the Royal Mile mean it gets very busy during the summer months.

With friendly service, a fresh, varied menu and good wine selection, it’s definitely worth a visit.

Monteiths Bar

alfresco edinburghThe stone-walled, wooden-floored outdoor seating area of Monteiths feels both rustic and chic – an intimate, romantic hideaway just off the Royal Mile, Edinburgh.

It’s the perfect spot to relax on a warm afternoon or balmy evening, all while indulging in the restaurant’s contemporary variations on traditional Scottish cuisine.


Angels with Bagpipes

Alfresco Dining in Edinburgh

This high-end establishment boasts a small seating area in front (a good place to watch action on the High Street) and a sheltered courtyard to the rear (a more peaceful place to relax and escape the crowds).




Stockbridge Pizza Express

The Stockbridge Pizza Express on Raeburn place occupies a quirky location in a former bank, tucked snugly alongside the Water of Leith.  The lovely outdoor seating area hugs the river’s bank, offering a pleasant green place to relax and listen to the murmur of the water while tucking into a casual meal.

Petit Paris

A quaint, cheerful restaurant with a distinctive blue front, the Petit Paris oozes continental charm and has a sizeable outdoor eating area from which to observe the bustle of the Grassmarket.  Sit back and watch the goings-on as you tuck into a selection of hearty, good-value French cooking.  Open from noon to 3pm, then 5:30pm until late.



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